This month, Russia’s Gosduma approved the withdrawal from the declaration that the Soviet Union made upon ratification of the Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949, concerning the protection of victims of international armed conflicts. Last month, Russian president Vladimir Putin asked the Russian government to approve the withdrawal. Of course, in Putin’s Russia the Gosduma immediately agreed to pass it into law.
Russia’s Gosduma approved a new law regarding Russian individuals being designated as foreign agents if they are working with foreign news outlets and receive funding outside of Russia. Interestingly, besides one member of the Duma, 337 members voted in favor of the proposed law. It is expected to take effect on November 21. The State Duma, commonly abbreviated in Russian as Gosduma, is the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia, while the upper house is the Council of the Federation. The Duma headquarters are located in central Moscow, a few steps from Manege Square. Its members are referred to as deputies.
A mоnth after the start of military ореrаtіоnѕ іn nоrthеrn Sуrіа, thеrе hаѕ bееn a ѕhаrр сlаѕh bеtwееn the Turkіѕh military and Kurdіѕh mіlіtіаѕ. In аddіtіоn tо the mіlіtаrу соnfrоntаtіоn in Tеl-Tаmаr аnd Ras аl-Aуn, thе Turkish Aіr Fоrсе has bоmbеd Kurdіѕh роѕіtіоnѕ. Sуrіаn Human Rights Watch hаѕ rероrtеd severe сlаѕhеѕ bеtwееn Kurdish mіlіtаntѕ аnd Turkіѕh troops. Thе Turkish аіr fоrсе іѕ аlѕо ѕаіd tо have tаrgеtеd areas іn nоrthеrn Sуrіа.
The State Archive of the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg has, for the first time ever, made declassified documents available pertaining to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s KGB history (as wee as a few other key people in the KGB). The KGB, translated in English as Committee for State Security, was the main security agency for the Soviet Union from 1954 until its break-up in 1991. As a direct successor of agencies such as the Cheka, NKGB, NKVD and MGB, the committee was attached to the Council of Ministers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Saudi Arabia Monday to meet with Saudi leaders. Putin also held talks with King Salman, as well as with Saudi Arabia over Iran and Syria. The leaders’ talks focused on the issue of oil production and the price of the product in world markets. Political analysts believe that tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as Turkey’s progress in Syria, are among the issues to be discussed at the summit of the leaders of the two countries.
Since the latest announcement of Belarus joining Russia with the unification of borders and financial systems, it is clear Vladimir Putin’s appetite for the resurrection of the Soviet Union is here. This century’s iron curtain is Russia’s version of the intranet that will cut off all western media sources unless approved by Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media).
Russia and Belarus are creating a unified economic confederacy, the information was leaked to Komersant this week. Interestingly enough the owner of the newspaper is Alisher Usmanov, a Russian oligarch. Usmanov owns the Kommersant publishing house. He is also a co‑owner of Russia’s second-largest mobile telephone operator, MegaFon, and co-owner of the Mail.Ru group, the largest internet company in the Russian-speaking world. His family is very close to Putin’s inner circle and heavily involved in Russian politics. Hence, the leak is not coincidental, but a planned media release.
Recently, discussion has increased in Russia about creating an anti-Putin coalition. The real politics is the fight for power. The Kremlin is in control, allowing some opposition. Once the opposing individual becomes inconvenient, the raids come in tow. The prime example would be recent raids of Alexei Navalny’s party offices across Russia under the guise of a “money laundering” investigation. As it stands there is no true opposition in Russia. None of the protests on the weekends matter and elections are a sham.
Recent Russian elections show stable results for Putin. All of Putin’s governors won but the St. Petersburg race was a tough one to win for his party. The Moscow City Duma (Russian regional parliament) is a puppet entity, and unlike other cities does not even pass its own budget. This year pro Navalny supporters entered races on the municipal level. Alexey Navlany is an opposition leader and has fled Russia. Russian state security services have carried out nationwide raids on the Kremlin critic’s regional headquarters four days after the elections claiming they’re investigating “money laundering.” Navalny got lucky and used a drone to keep the sensitive hard drive information safe from the Russian State forces.
Russian police have carried out more than 200 raids in 41 cities across the country on Thursday against supporters of Alexei Navalny. As a result of the raids, in cities from Murmansk to Vladivostok, the police have arrested dozens of employees of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation. Navalny is known as a staunch opponent of President Vladimir Putin, and for investigating the corruption of the Russian elite.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Thursday, during his two-day visit to Russia for the Eastern Economic Forum (EFF) in Vladivostok, that India will give a billion-dollar line of credit for the development of the Russian Far East.
Russia-Syria joint operation in Idlib has fueled tensions between Moscow and Ankara. The Turkish president, in a phone call with Vladimir Putin, criticized the “ceasefire violation in Idlib.” He called the operation a “national security” threat to Turkey.
In a historic move, Russia released the original copy of The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact two months ago. However, the question remains: What is the Kremlin’s end game? Russia’s social media propaganda machine has been very busy spinning the narrative of a Russian sphere of influence using constant subliminal messages. It’s all part of Vladimir Putin’s new narrative that it was necessary for the Soviet Union to collapse so that a new Russian empire can rise from the ashes.
Protests continue in Russia and the trigger for the protests is dissatisfaction with the upcoming Moscow government elections. The dissatisfaction is purely abstract and does not have a specific goal. Meanwhile, the Russian government is not affected by the protesters level of dissatisfaction, which is useful to them for the purpose of social engineering– they steer protesters in the direction of blaming the US.
Russia has been having ongoing protests every weekend pertaining to the unfair candidate registration in the upcoming Moscow Duma elections. The police crackdown has been occurring every weekend. Unofficial leader of Russian opposition Alexei Navalny was arrested during one of the peaceful protests. In police custody, he reportedly had an ‘allergic reaction’ to an identified substance. Navalny was housed in the cell with five other inmates and none suffered allergic reactions.
Nationalism is a necessary evil. God is both national and universal. The highest spiritual level is universal revealed by the Messiah of Freedom through resurrection. You need both national and universal to build the kingship of God on earth. The Byzantine Empire also called the Roman Empire today lives in the small country of Vatican City. The smallest nation in the world may be the most powerful. Last week July 4 Vladimir Putin visited Pope Francis at Vatican City. Russia, the largest nation in the world, visited the smallest.
On June 30th a white paper was released that had been compiled for the American defense establishment. The title is Russsian Strategic Intentions, A Strategic Multiplayer Assessment dated May 2019. The analysis was compiled by some of the top-level research analysts within the US defense sector.
The key point, or thesis, of this paper is that after 20 years of the Putin regime, Russia is as hostile and as expansionist minded as they were during the Soviet era. However, since many western nations are not successfully fighting ideological propaganda from Russian sponsored channels, an escalation of the military conflict is highly likely.
After the disappointing two day Summit of Jared Kushner representing the U.S., the situation in the Middle East and in Israel continues to be on fire. The Palestinians from Gaza have continued to send fire balloons from their territory into southern Israel. More than a hundred of these balloons were recorded during the past week in an escalation of terror from the time of the Summit in Bahrain.
Nineteen countries are meeting this Friday and Saturday in Osaka, Japan, for the G20. “Welcome to Osaka,” said Shinzo Abe, Japan Prime Minister, who hosts the G20 on Friday and Saturday.
“Together, I hope we will achieve a beautiful harmony in Osaka,” he said in reference to the meaning of “Reiwa,” the name of this new era. Flanked on one side by President Trump, on the other side of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the two great rivals of the moment, Shinzo Abe called for “finding common ground rather than highlighting the clashes.” “We have time” to resolve the tensions.
For someone who speaks so often, and so fondly, of “democratic socialism,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) seems to have no idea what it is. On Wednesday, the two-time independent candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination delivered a “major speech,” entitled “How Democratic Socialism Is the Only Way to Defeat Oligarchy and Authoritarianism.” It was the second time he has attempted to describe this utopian society entirely free from want. And, just as in 2015, he left all but his most dedicated Berners wanting.